INTRO: Years ago Adobe had announced that they are going to deprecate Flash Player in July 2017. However, After almost three years, the company has now finally announced the exact date of discontinuation – which is December 31, 2020.
Official Blog Post From Adobe Says:
“By announcing our business decision which we took in 2017, with three years’ advance notice given, we believed that it would allow sufficient time for the developers, designers, businesses, and other parties to migrate existing the adobe Flash content as needed to new, open standards, and they can easily work without flash on other alternative software.
Adobe Flash Player To Be Discontinued
Adobe will stop all the updates and it will remove Flash Player download pages from its website after December 31. In addition, to that, the company will also block Flash-based content in Adobe Flash Player for the final time. Adobe Flash software was originally created by a firm named Future Wave, which later got acquired by Macromedia. Adobe also acquired Macromedia in the mid-2000s. There was a time when a majority of the internet that got relied on Adobe Flash for multimedia, despite security concerns. Fortunately, we have better alternatives such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly now.
Here’s what Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs had to say about Flash back in 2010. “Adobe Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. The software Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can very well understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the present scenario is of the mobile era is all about low power devices, touch interfaces, and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.”
If you have Adobe Flash installed on your machine or your device, you may uninstall it by following the instructions mentioned here, as we progress towards a secure web. Adobe says that it will prompt users to uninstall Flash Player later this year.